Diseases That Contribute To COPD
Many americans suffer everyday from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Understanding how it can be caused is one of the first ways we can slow down cases of COPD. There are various diseases that contribute to COPD. Below is a list of these diseases as well as the tests done to diagnose COPD.
A condition where the alveoli (air sacs) in a person’s lungs are damaged. This is usually due to smoking.
This is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the airway that carries air from your wind pipe to your lungs). The inflamed bronchials cause people to have a chronic cough as well as increased mucus production. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. This is also usually due to smoking.
The bronchial tubes become widened and scarred due to infection or damage to the bronchial wall. This is most commonly caused by severe or repeated respiratory infections.
Tests To Determine Diagnosis of COPD
- A chest x-ray or a chest CT scan can determine whether a person has emphysema. This can also provide necessary information about other lung or heart issues.
- A doctor may have a patient perform pulmonary function tests. This will measure the amount of volume a person breathes in and out with each breath. There are certain criteria that patients must meet in order to be diagnosed with COPD.
- A venous blood gas may be performed to see how effectively a person is breathing. This test shows how well a person is bringing in oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from their bodies.
Resources For Help
COPD is the third leading cause of death, according to the American Lung Association. To learn more about what COPD is and how to treat visit here. If you or a person you know is suffering from the symptoms above, encourage them to seek the care of a doctor.